FAN coordinates a statewide network of volunteer advocates and faith communities with the help of a small staff that manages programming and operations. Our staff team is made up of full-time and contract positions, part-time event support, and internships through faith-based and university programs. Learn more about our team below, and feel free to reach out to them to get involved!

Rev. Paul Benz, Co-Director, is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He served as director of the Lutheran Public Policy Office of Washington previous to his role at Faith Action Network. Paul has been a long time social justice leader in Washington state’s religious community on numerous issues, and he continues to advocate for FAN’s legislative agenda in Olympia. He is the lead organizer for FAN’s growing Network of Advocating Faith Communities, which have pledged to partner with FAN to be advocates in the halls of power.

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Elise DeGooyer, Co-Director, brings to FAN three decades of experience in mission-driven work in human services and advocacy. She is a lifelong resident of Washington State, born and raised in Yakima, completing undergraduate education in Spokane at Gonzaga University, and making Seattle home since the 1980s. Her graduate studies at Maryknoll School of Theology and Seattle University focused on liberation theologies and pastoral leadership. At Northwest Harvest she helped shape advocacy initiatives on hunger and poverty issues in collaboration with constituencies statewide. She is the lead for Administration and Finance, while sharing oversight of the organization’s mission with Paul.

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Tara Miller, Administrative and Development Coordinator, grew up in the South and found their way to Seattle through the Global Mission Fellows program of the United Methodist Church. They worked at Mary’s Place for five years, helping grow their volunteer program and managing shelters for families experiencing homelessness. They are a graduate of the College of William and Mary and have a Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry. They are passionate about creating a world where all may not only survive but thrive, recognizing that every justice issue is intricately connected to another.

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Lauren Schubring, Eastern WA Regional Organizer, loves to connect people around shared values and to find ways to make a difference together. This new part-time role is an excellent way for her to do that in Spokane and the rest of Eastern Washington. Lauren grew up in Michigan before moving to Spokane for college. Lauren completed her undergraduate education at Moody Bible Institute, and will be completing her Masters in Public Administration and Urban & Regional Planning at Eastern Washington University in March 2021. Lauren also works at The Arc of Spokane as their Assistant Director of County Programs. She cares greatly about seeing inclusion, justice, and equity for all as a reality. Lauren is excited to be working with FAN to continue to see how much progress can be made when a community works together.

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Jaspreet Singh, King County Outreach, was born in Dubai and moved to Washington State in November of 2002. He completed his degree at the University of Washington in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and has volunteered as a teacher, liaison, and mentor at Khalsa Gurmat Center since 2013. His passion for creating bridges is what drove him to join FAN and is currently doing part-time outreach in King County and representing FAN in coalition work. He is a practicing Sikh versed in Sikh history, literature, and teachings.

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